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Flash Fiction: Results, Short & Long Lists

We apologise for the delay in announcing results. Look to see if your flash story is on the short or long list.

Short List

Long List

Congratulations to the writers who made it onto the short and long lists and in particular to the final 10. There were 946 entries to the competition.

The ten winners, chosen by judge Chris Stewart for inclusion in the 2017 Fish Anthology, are listed below. Chris’s comments on the first, second and third placed stories are included.

We will add biographical details of the writers in the next few days.

 

FIRST:

LOST by Lindsay Fisher.

“This is a really excellent piece. It’s unpretentiously crafted by somebody who really knows their stuff, the craft and technique taking a back seat but the whole being informed by a calm and warm hearted confidence. What stands out for me is the writer’s kindness and understanding, her (I’d put my shirt on it being a woman) warmth and fellow feeling. She is the sort of person who really ought to be writing, and winning prizes and getting published and selling heaps of books, because a piece like this pushes all the right buttons: it informs, entertains, and makes a better person of the reader, at least insofar as this can be achieved. You read a piece like this and you instantly resolve never to be a black-browed man with shoo-away hands waving, because the piece has enriched your understanding, reminded you, of the reasons why people are as they are. It’s a wise piece, an antidote to the thoughtless, graceless, arrogant and simplistic trumpery that is the hallmark of the world of 2017. It does not sink into sentimentality; it has a high quality mathematical construction, like music. As for the bad stuff… well, given the high level of competence of this writer…  I wouldn’t have the temerity.”

 

SECOND:

LUNA by Peter Jordan

“A writer who knows how to do it with unsophisticated simplicity, and neither word in the pejorative sense. That’s the power of the piece: it’s a great story, skilfully and artfully told, and leaving one full of wonderment and curiosity, determined to delve a little deeper. What know we of orcas and their trainers? Well nothing really, but this piece takes us down deep and gives us a tantalising glimpse of another world, privileged information. Those short, clipped and finely honed sentences are just right for the job. The piece is beautiful in its strangeness, in its suggestion of a world in which men give up their all for love of a creature from another species.”

 

THIRD:

DRIFTING by Emma Whitehall

“I really loved this skilfully woven fantasy. I wondered if the man who wrote it had really married a mermaid – or if she be a woman – whether she were one. That’s how much it convinced me. There are people like this, fish-people who are happier in the water. Me I swim like brick but I take great delight in this craftsmanlike and moving portrayal of a strange and rare condition. It takes me somewhere I never dreamed of going, and I love to be led there by somebody who knows the craft and carries me so boldly. I couldn’t have done it better myself… and I certainly wouldn’t have the temerity to attempt it.”

 

HONORARY MENTIONS:

Ball by Andrew Peters

Slapped Down by Isobel Hourigan

Search for Your Son by Shubha Venugopal

Scrabble by Helen Bralesford

Escape Velocity by Christina Eagles

Seashells by Laz Geiger

The Circle of Oaks by Tony Curtis

 

Short List

46 stories selected out of 946 entries

Title

First Name

Last Name

Trapped

Larry

Allen

Glencoe

C. E.

Ayr

Junction

Edwina

Bowen

Scrabble

Helen

Bralesford

Secrets

Lorna

Cooper

The Circle of Oaks

Tony

Curtis

Gomey

Kathy

D’Arcy

Bowing to the Moon

Christina

Eagles

Escape Velocity

Christina

Eagles

Dead Cat

Christina

Eagles

First meeting with SF, 1922

Paul

Evans

What Daniil Kharms Believes

Katie

Farris

The Lie That Changed The World

Will

Fish

Lost

Lindsay

Fisher

Mam’s Got Worries

Lindsay

Fisher

Today I Will Wear Blue Cotton

Lindsay

Fisher

Seashells

Laz

Geiger

Macchu Picchu

Al

Gowan

Backfire

Des

Hannigan

Bus Shelter

Alison

Healy

Renewal

Russell

Helms

Chance Meeting at Lucky Dog Stand

Richard

Holeton

Language Class

Conor

Houghton

Slapped Down

Isobel

Hourican

Luna

Peter

Jordan

The Butcher

Antiony

Lawrence

Nothing Happened to Me Today

Catherine

Le Fleur

End Game

Nancy

Ludmerer

Shaping

Lesley

Mace

Her Mother’s House

Kyle

McCarty

The Thin Ledge

Mark

McGlynn

Voting’s Open Now

Diane

McMillan

No Skin

Janine

Mikosza

Dad Set Fire to a Field

Steven

Moss

Oxytocin

mary

omnes

Ball

Andrew

Peters

Keep Smiling

Denise

Roche

A Tongue Lashing

Peter

Rogers

LINDA’S BOY

Elizabeth

Rose

The Internet Can be Dangerous

Bev

Smith

Love Story

Sally

St. Clair

God Regrets

Sally

St. Clair

Sharing

Sherri

Turner

After-taste

Rose

van Son

Search for Your Son

Shubha

Venugopal

Drifting

Emma

Whitehall

 

 

Long List

143 stories selected out of 946 entries

Title

First Name

Last Name

   

Some Far-off Thing

Christopher

Allen

Trapped

Larry

Allen

Glencoe

C. E.

Ayr

Talk to me

Karen

Ballard

Trinity Steele

Sheila

Banning

Daymare

Peter

Beard

Being Helpful

Lucille

Bellucci

Important Date for Mum’s Diary

Sharon

Bennett

Babytron

Mathias

Bernbom Andersen

Collecting Stamps

Paul

Blewitt

The Child’s Cry

Edwina

Bowen

Junction

Edwina

Bowen

Scrabble

Helen

Bralesford

Curlews, Outer Hebrides

Pamela

Bridgeman

Sexpresso Anyone?

Anthony

Bynom

Credence

Bebe

Byrne-O’Shea

Haunted House

Helen

Caldwell

Mind Your Own Business

Helen

Caldwell

This Love Thing

Caroline

Carter

Angel of Death

Paul

Chiswick

That Which Lingers

Erin

Cockreham

In Bloom

Lorna

Cooper

Secrets

Lorna

Cooper

Birds of a Feather

Susan

Cornford

The Circle of Oaks

Tony

Curtis

Gomey

Kathy

D’Arcy

The Sacrifice

H

David

How to Get Over Her (Some Suggestions)

Ben

Dooley

By The Bed

Penelope

Duffy

Bowing to the Moon

Christina

Eagles

Escape Velocity

Christina

Eagles

Dead Cat

Christina

Eagles

First meeting with SF, 1922

Paul

Evans

What Daniil Kharms Believes

Katie

Farris

The Drought

Tracy

Faulkner

Skin

Amy

Finlayson

The Lie That Changed The World

Will

Fish

Lost

Lindsay

Fisher

Mam’s Got Worries

Lindsay

Fisher

Today I Will Wear Blue Cotton

Lindsay

Fisher

Lightbulb Moments

Linda

Foster

The Trouble with Bouncing Back

Lisa

Fransson

Seashells

Laz

Geiger

The Hospital Walk-In

Rodge

Glass

King of the Castle

Marie

Gordon

Macchu Picchu

Al

Gowan

Trigger

Yael

Hacohen

Field of Gold

Des

Hannigan

Backfire

Des

Hannigan

Bottle

Gina

Headden

Bus Shelter

Alison

Healy

Mulligan

Tim

Heintzman

Renewal

Russell

Helms

Roy

Brian

Heston

Chance Meeting at Lucky Dog Stand

Richard

Holeton

I WAITED

Sheila

Hooks

Language Class

Conor

Houghton

Slapped down

Isobel

Hourigan

Day 1 Tehachapi State Prison

Scott

Isaly

LIMBO

Gideon

Jacobs

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

Ingrid

Jendrzejewski

Cooking with Gas

Marian

Jennings

Luna

Peter

Jordan

Converse

Ayal

Kushner

The Butcher

Antiony

Lawrence

Nothing Happened to Me Today

Catherine

Le Fleur

Afterwards

Amanda

Leahy

Confabulation

Kevin

Leahy

MEET ME IN BELFAST

Trish

Leake

Never Noticed

K. Kris

Loomis

End Game

Nancy

Ludmerer

Shaping

Lesley

Mace

Crocodiles

Andre

Mangeot

Seeing Red

Louise

Mangos

The Dip Between Dunes

Melissa

Manning

Taking The Piss

Vincent

Marmion

Just Daughter

Kyle

McCarty

Her Mother’s House

Kyle

McCarty

A Tale About Daughters

Sarah

McClung

Three Tales About Boiled Eggs

Sarah

McClung

A GRAN’S BEST FRIEND

Christian

McCulloch

The Thin Ledge

Mark

McGlynn

Decisions

Brooke

McKinney

Voting’s Open Now

Diane

McMillan

The Last Temptation

Kwame MA

McPherson

No Skin

Janine

Mikosza

Coral

Tamara

Miles

I MET THE 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR DRINKS

Grant

Miller

MY WIFE AND I HAD THE 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OVER FOR DINNER

Grant

Miller

Be Careful What You Pray For

Ken

Moore

Enlisting

Chris

Morris

If the Shoes Fit

Sherry

Morris

Summer Wheat

Linda

Moser

Dad Set Fire to a Field

Steven

Moss

Where do babies come from?

J

Mulligan

An Ribín Buí (The Yellow Ribbon)

David

Murray

Pop

Anna

Nazarova

Puzzling, Innit?

EIVIND

NERBERG

Adult Decisions

Courtney

Nigh

The ride

Jonathan

O’Brien

Oxytocin

mary

omnes

Love

Ofir

Oz

Ball

Andrew

Peters

Road Kill

Russell

Reader

WALK BRISKLY

ALEX

REECE

Keep Smiling

Denise

Roche

A Tongue Lashing

Peter

Rogers

LINDA’S BOY

Elizabeth

Rose

Fetch

Mike

Russell

Into Thin Air

Janet E.

Sahafi

The Exchange

Rachel

Sargeant

Encounter in Nice

Lars Ole

Sauerberg

Something Shattered

Dana

Schmidt

The bear that ruined the wedding

Hannah

Smith

The Internet Can be Dangerous

Bev

Smith

Love Story

Sally

St. Clair

God Regrets

Sally

St. Clair

Thanks, Really

Kathy

Stevens

On Their Last Glass Legs

Ruth

Tamiatto

Genocide

Margot

Tesch

Undercurrent

Laurie

Theurer

JUNGLE CHAT

Mick

thewriter

How to Be The Baby

Lauren

Triola

Never Too Late

Jennie

Tucker

Sharing

Sherri

Turner

After-taste

Rose

van Son

Search for Your Son

Shubha

Venugopal

Levuka Blues

Roger

Vickery

Scorched Earth

Gillian

Walker

The First Time

Kristin

Walrod

A plane falls from the sky

Lindsay

Walter

The Spy

Ren

Watson

A Night Out with the Bootle Ordnance Survey

Colin

Watts

Till Death Do Us Part

Tracey

Weddle

Drifting

Emma

Whitehall

Hunger

Laura

Wiley

Regrets

Alison

Williams

Absence

Michelle

Wright

A Knowing Woman’s Pearls

Maja

Zmyslowski

 

 

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